Zooming into Reynolda: The Power of Art Online

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Zooming into Reynolda: The Power of Art Online

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Durham Academy teacher Jordan Adair has been bringing his Advanced Placement students to Reynolda House for more than a decade. It has become an annual trip for students from the preparatory day school to focus on one work of art in the Museum’s renowned collection and conduct research while also looking closely at the object. Like past years, the students chose several works, including William Rimmer’s Lion In the Arena, Thomas Hart Benton’s Bootleggers, Ben Schonzeit’s Englishtown Jewels, and  Maurice Prendergast’s The Bathing Cove.

But last week’s visit was different than past trips.
This year’s class pre-selected their works of art by browsing the Museum’s collections online. After some time to tour the house on their own, the students then settled in front of their chosen work of art. They connected to the Museum’s wireless network on their laptops, researched the art and artist in the Museum’s collections database, zoomed into details impossible to see with the naked eye, and made critical observations that will become the backbone of a final paper.
Director of Education Kathleen Hutton was particularly excited that Mr. Adair’s class marked the first class to access information about the Museum’s collection online while sitting in front of the art - no pencils needed!
The students also benefited from learning about fine art conservation from Reynolda House’s consulting conservator, Ruth Cox. Cox visited the class before their trip to the Museum and spoke about several paintings in the Museum’s collection that she has treated, including Grant Wood’s Spring Turning. See a documentary on her conservation treatment.  
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Its a great way to learn arts online!! Online Art Classes provides complete package of learning good arts activity without any inconvenience.

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